HD Background photos and images

Browse through our database of stunning background photographs. Our background images are textured, patterned and arranged to perfectly support the content that you choose to add to your website.

full rainbow over rocks and water

Full Rainbow Over Rocks And Water

floating cubes on blue

Floating Cubes On Blue

long grass growing in city

Long Grass Growing In City

light pink and delicate flowers

Light Pink And Delicate Flowers

balance scale tilted right

Balance Scale Tilted Right

big ocean wave under blue sky

Big Ocean Wave Under Blue Sky

woman silhouette sunset

Woman Silhouette Sunset

woman wanderer

Woman Wanderer

waves crash on rocks and sand

Waves Crash On Rocks And Sand

remember why you started motivational poster

Remember Why You Started Motivational Poster

greens on wood background

Greens On Wood Background

boat on water iphone wallpaper

Boat On Water iPhone Wallpaper

candle nestled among flowers

Candle Nestled Among Flowers

mountain peak through trees

Mountain Peak Through Trees

toronto city skyline

Toronto City Skyline

red green pepper pile

Red Green Pepper Pile

tree branches at sunset

Tree Branches At Sunset

ocean waves on beach

Ocean Waves On Beach

lakeside cliffs and blue sky

Lakeside Cliffs And Blue Sky

feet hanging over cliff

Feet Hanging Over Cliff

tropical ocean boat

Tropical Ocean Boat

red ink drop in yellow liquid

Red Ink Drop In Yellow Liquid

red and green ink twisted

Red And Green Ink Twisted

bamboo with engravings

Bamboo With Engravings

microphone on mic stand

Microphone On Mic Stand

magnolia in bloom

Magnolia In Bloom

lighthouse at sunset

Lighthouse At Sunset

brick wall city scape

Brick Wall City Scape

leaves & white brick background

Leaves & White Brick Background

purple ink into green and yellow

Purple Ink Into Green And Yellow

kayaks on dock

Kayaks On Dock

white tile corner textures

White Tile Corner Textures

under city iron bridge

Under City Iron Bridge

closeup of clover leaves

Closeup Of Clover Leaves

mother day background

Mother Day Background

purple flowers

Purple Flowers

sharpened pencil crayons

Sharpened Pencil Crayons

brick wall with graphic street art

Brick Wall With Graphic Street Art

colorful pencil crayons

Colorful Pencil Crayons

purple and black ink drop

Purple And Black Ink Drop



greenhouse gardening

Greenhouse Gardening

rose pedals framing white surface

Rose Pedals Framing White Surface

pretty pink flower

Pretty Pink Flower

city skyscrapers & towers

City Skyscrapers & Towers

records texture

Records Texture

old fashioned telephone

Old Fashioned Telephone

round parkade architecture

Round Parkade Architecture

lilies on ink white and gray

Lilies On Ink White And Gray

light reflects on water

Light Reflects On Water

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Stunning HD background photos for commercial use

What makes background pictures different?

Background photographs are used very differently that regular images for a number of reasons. When selecting a background image - there are specialized criteria to keep in mind. For starters - background pictures won’t fit into a fixed frame they way other photographs would. When a photo is locked into an article or block of text or shown as part of an advertisement - the dimensions are fixed - meaning that selecting a suitable photo really just comes down to aesthetics.

With background images - things work a little differently. To start, backgrounds are not likely to be in a fixed frame and will need to be equally beautiful when viewed on a large fullscreen, widescreen, or a mobile phone screen. It’s for this reason that web developers will often choose an images of a pattern - so that parts of the it can be cut off by web-browsers and other content that may vary in size and shape without looking like the image is misplaced.

If you’re not using a pattern, you’ll want to make sure the image isn’t too focused. Images with a clear subject don't work as well as background images because parts of the subject may be covered.

You may also choose to use background images to create a parallax scrolling effect. Parallax scrolling has been proven to create a better user experience for web users. This is where a web designer or developer might choose to add content in front of a background images that scrolls faster than the background image itself. This effect is used on web-pages to give the illusion of depth to the page and to create a more dynamic viewing experience.

Images used in parallax scrolling tend to be a little bit different from regular background images. They can be patterns and textures as well - but because portions of the image will scroll by at some point, the images can be a bit more focused - as long as the focus is toward the centre of the image.

Remember that background images take a supporting role in web-page design, so it’s best if they’re simple, clean and patterned. Even if the pattern isn’t design-oriented, you’ll want to go with images without a single, clear subject. Photograph-wise, images like city scapes, landscapes, or large images of busy locations with many subjects tend to look best.

Background images for commercial use

Luckily when it comes to getting the perfect background photo - we’ve got your covered. Our collection of HD photos are perfect for editing and can be used as widescreen backgrounds, full screen backgrounds, and desktop backgrounds and will look equally stunning on both Windows and Mac computers at any size (1600 x 1200, 1440, 1280, 1920).

Take a look at our free, downloadable high resolution images - perfect for your next project.